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Lockyer Bullet Numbering Plan Doesn't Add Up, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposal by California's anti-gun Attorney General Bill Lockyer to require serial numbers on every handgun bullet and cartridge case sold in the Golden State is a backdoor attempt to make ammunition so cost prohibitive that it will essentially disarm law-abiding gun owners, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today."

"'Bill Lockyer's plan to laser-etch handgun ammunition in California is a numbers game that adds up to zero,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'This idea is being pushed ostensibly to make it easy for police to identify criminals who misuse guns. It would not only be enormously expensive for ammunition companies to accomplish, it also amounts to a scheme to register every gun owner in California by the ammunition he or she purchases.'" ...
 

NRA axiom now Fla. law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Self-defense law is built on the bedrock assumption that people ought to try to escape an assailant before resorting to deadly force - unless the confrontation occurs at home, where it's presumed retreat is no longer an option."

"The National Rifle Association has a new version, and it can be summed up as Stand and Deliver."

"An NRA-crafted bill eliminating the need to retreat from a threat in public places and more freely allowing residents to 'meet force with force' was signed into law Tuesday by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The gun rights group is now promising similar stand-your-ground measures around the country, even in traditionally liberal states like New York." ...
 

The problem, as far as I can tell, is that he wasn't serious (Blog)
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... "If you want to make allies, Mr. Bogert, start by being polite to them, listening to their concerns with respect rather than mockery, and then taking action to cement the alliance. So far, you've done none of those things. Instead, you've engaged in political blackmail; you expect the NRA to actively support your cause in exchange for your agreement not to oppose theirs. Unfortunately, that's not a fair exchange. Gun owners will support your free speech rights, whether or not we have any kind of truce or deal with you, but you won't support our rights -- you'll just 'stop opposing' them." ...
 

KS: Gunmaker settles suit with former Wichita family
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"Lawyers representing a former Wichita boy who suffered brain damage in 1998 when another boy shot him said Wednesday that they had reached a landmark settlement with the gunmaker, Smith & Wesson."

"'The settlement marks the first time a gun manufacturer has paid to settle a claim for failing to childproof a gun,' said a statement by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C."

"Smith & Wesson said in a statement that 'there was no deficiency with this firearm.'"

"'This settlement was dictated by economic and business realities,' Ann Makkiya, corporate counsel for the Springfield, Mass., gunmaker, said in the statement." ...
 

NC: No charges for clerk in killing of robber
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"The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office decided Wednesday not to prosecute a clerk who police said shot a robber outside a west Charlotte convenience store."

"When police arrived at the Midtown Food Mart on Berryhill Road March 2, they found Jamie Pedro Moreno's body in the parking lot."

"Since that night, both the families of Moreno and the store clerk have been waiting for news about what would happen in the wake of his death."

"For Suequitta Balliet in Central City, Ky., Wednesday's news was a brutal blow to know the man who killed her son would not be prosecuted."

"'I think the man should be arrested,' she said. 'If that man shot him when he was inside the store robbing him, I could have bought that. But (my son) was shot in the parking lot, in the back.'" ...
 

FL: The Wild Wild West bill?
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"Victims of criminal acts in public places such as break-ins and purse snatchings in the state of Florida will finally be able to defend themselves from perpetrators without first having to retreat since Gov. Jeb Bush put his final stamp of approval on the new ‘Castle Doctrine’ Self- Defense law."

"'It’s a good commonsense, anti- crime issue,' said Gov. Jeb Bush."

"The 'Castle Doctrine' law, supported by the National Rifle Association, simply states that if a criminal breaks into your home, your occupied vehicle or your place of business, you may presume he is there to do bodily harm and you may use any force against him." ...
 

KY: Florida Passes Controversial 'Force With Force' Law Already On Books In Ky.
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"How far is too far when it comes to self defense? That question is being debated nationwide after Florida eased its restrictions on the use of deadly force. But WAVE 3 has learned the same laws causing controversy down south, have been the law of the land in Kentucky for years. WAVE 3 Investigator Eric Flack has more."

The new law allows Floridians to 'meet force with force,' erasing the 'duty to retreat' for someone who fears for their life."

"Some local activists say is a return to the days of 'shoot first, ask questions later.' But gun enthusiasts say the law works just fine here in the Bluegrass." ...
 

FL: 'Deadly force' law draws mixed views
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"Charles Anderson of Eau Gallie, an Air Force veteran and lifelong firearms buff, forecasts a murky future for Florida's new deadly force law."

"'I think it's going to be difficult to enforce. It's going to open a whole can of worms,' Anderson said after target practice at Indian River County public shooting range."

"'If you've got an intruder, if they break into your house, God help them. But it's going to be tough to enforce. There's so many laws dictating what you can and cannot do, it'll be hard to decipher how this law's going to affect everybody.'" ...

"Officials have mixed opinions. Sheriff Jack Parker supports the measure -- which the national Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence denounces as 'heinous,' 'unfathomable' and 'one of the dumbest things a legislature can do.'" ...
 

CA: Editorial: Free-fire zone -- Welcome to Florida, the Hail of Lead state
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"The Florida Legislature has enacted, and Gov. Jeb Bush has signed, a law allowing people to use deadly force - including guns - in public places when they face a life-threatening situation. (Florida law already allows such discretion in the home and in workplaces.) Some police chiefs are worried about the consequences, and well they should."

"People have a right to defend themselves. But under this law, unless gun owners - there are many in Florida, where carrying a concealed weapon is legal - exercise clear judgment and remarkable restraint, innocent bystanders could become victims. So could people whom an armed citizen wrongly assumes to be a threat. And in the latter case, who will be held liable for the possibly fatal consequences of a faulty judgment?" ...
 

MA: Cape man beats armed intruder to death
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"A remote Cape Cod farmhouse became the scene of a bloodbath early yesterday after two masked gunmen burst into a West Barnstable home and pistol-whipped its occupant, only to have the victim's son beat one intruder to death with a baseball bat, sources said." ...

"Somers' son, Joel, who was upstairs, grabbed a baseball bat and rushed downstairs to help his father. By then, the elder Somers had fought off one attacker, who then fled."

"The younger Somers apparently began to beat the second masked gunman, Osnel D. Azor, 23, with the baseball bat. Azor died a short time later at Cape Cod Hospital." ...
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Submitter's Note: And if the younger Somers had had a gun with which to scare off the attacker, this thug might not have been beaten to death.
 

LA: 2 teens arrested after gun fired in classroom
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"Two St. John the Baptist Parish students were arrested Wednesday after a gun was fired during math class at Leon Godchaux Junior High School."

"No one was hurt in the shooting."

"The incident happened at 9:50 a.m. when a 15-year-old reached into his pants pocket and fired a bullet into the floor, St. John the Baptist Parish school officials said. The gun was a .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun, sheriff's officials said."

"'The kids and the teacher scattered out of the room,' said Ann LaBorde, executive director of personnel and legal services for the district. 'They didn't know what it was.'"

"The gun was later found in a drain where the student apparently tossed it as everyone ran from the classroom, LaBorde said." ...
 

OH: Gun Found Inside Locker At Dunbar High
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"A Dayton student was arrested Thursday morning accused of bringing a gun to school. The semi-automatic pistol was found inside a 14-year-old's locker at Dunbar High School, police said."

"Authorities said school officials called police after they received a tip that a student had brought a gun to school. Upon further investigation, a gun was found inside a teen's locker and then he was taken into custody." ...

"Investigators said the one student brought the gun to school because he believed that he would be attacked after an altercation with other students in the school."

"School officials are trying to determine how the gun got past the metal detectors."
 

AL: Student pointing water pistol suspended
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"Police and school officials say the gun a D.A. Smith Middle School student pointed at a classmate while demanding money was a water pistol."

"'The student currently is suspended and an administrative hearing is scheduled for next week,' said Principal Sylvia Malone."

"'Charges are possible. We're not that far along in our investigation,' said Ozark Deputy Police Chief James E. Henderson."

"The gun-pointing episode occurred during the school's fifth period Friday. Officials declined to identify the boy who had the toy gun or the girl who said she was threatened."

"Malone said she heard of the matter Friday night. It was investigated over the weekend and the boy's parents were contacted to bring their son in to see her Monday morning ..." ...
 

CA: San Diego Rifle and Revolver Association Opposes Handgun Ban on California Assembly Floor
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"Assemblyman Paul Koretz, the West Hollywood Democrat who successfully pushed an unconstitutional ban on civilian owned single-shot, bolt-action .50 caliber rifles last year, has introduced AB 352, a measure that amounts to a de-facto ban on semiautomatic handguns. The bill slid through the liberal dominated public safety and appropriations committees, and is presently on the floor of the Assembly."

"Mr. Koretz maintains that new microstamping technology enables gun manufacturers to etch microscopic characters that identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol on the internal working parts of the gun, and which can be transferred by imprinting on each cartridge case fired. ..." ...
 

MN: Legislature Primed to Reinstate Invalidated Gun Law
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"A slightly revised version of the state's high-profile handgun permitting law picked up momentum in the Legislature on Wednesday, two weeks after the Appeals Court upheld a decision to strike it down on a technicality."

"On a 7-5 vote, with all Republicans in favor and DFLers opposed, the House Civil Law Committee voted to reinstate the 2003 law, which created a uniform standard for obtaining permits to carry guns in public and led to more being issued in the state. The prior law gave sheriffs and police chiefs wider power to deny permits." ...
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Submitter's Note: Sheriffs still would have unfettered discretion to deny a permit to anyone that would likely be "a danger to self or the public". The difference is now if the applicant goes to court and wins, the sheriff has to pay the legal expenses out of his budget (not permit fees).
 

MN: Gun law deal falls apart
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"House Speaker Steve Sviggum said Thursday he is inclined to postpone a vote on a handgun permitting bill until next year because a handshake deal with his Senate counterpart fell through."

"The decision to put off a vote in the Republican-controlled House isn't final, but Sviggum said he doubts action this year will yield an acceptable outcome." ...

"Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, said early in the day that the House version of the bill would get an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor before the 2005 session ends. But by Wednesday evening, Johnson informed Sviggum that the bill would go through a committee and be open to amendments." ...
 

WV: Lack of funding places future or WVU rifle team in doubt
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"Marsha Beasley was just talking to a recruit about coming to West Virginia when the story broke."

"Gov. Joe Manchin, fine-tuning the state's finances with an eye toward fiscal responsibility, decided to cut $100,000 from the budget lawmakers sent him."

"That money was earmarked for the embattled West Virginia University rifle program."

"Beasley says the recruit wasn't scared off, but Manchin's move raises the question yet again: Does the WVU rifle team, owner of 13 national championships, have a future?"

"Ed Pastilong says yes ... maybe."

"Simply put, it's all a matter of money, WVU's athletic director said."

"'We were directed to return the team, which we did,' Pastilong said. '(Financial) assistance was promised, which we were very appreciative of. Thus far, it's been delivered.'" ...
 

TN: House Speaker breaks rules to sink firearms legislation
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"Tennessee's only blogging legislator, State Rep. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, blows the whistle on House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, who found a way to cheat the legislative system. Blake Wylie also has two must-read posts on Naifeh's shenanigans, here and a follow-up here."

"What Naifeh did was this: He violated House rules in order to kill popular legislation he personally opposed. Some people think Naifeh is the epitome of corrupt good-ol-boy lobbyist-larded politics. I don't know about that. But I do know that what he did yesterday was pure political corruption of the most dangerous kind."

"Naifeh showed himself yesterday as a proto-dictator who merely masquerades as a servant of democracy." ...
 

GA: Gun law creates fireworks in Roswell
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"Only a strange turn of events could have brought an affluent Republican stronghold like Roswell into the National Rifle Association's cross hairs."

"But that is what happened, and now officials in the Northside suburb are scrambling to avoid taking credit for a proposal to toughen the city's gun ordinance."

"The change would curb a resident's right to fire a weapon to protect property. Roswell officials say the amended ordinance would bring the city's law, written in 1955, in line with the state's, which allows the use of force only to protect a person."

"But the NRA fired off a national alert about the "egregious amendment," and the organization's many supporters have flooded City Hall with calls and e-mails complaining about the change." ...
 

AZ: Civil Rights Review Sought in Detention
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"A federal prosecutor asked the Justice Department to check for possible civil rights violations by an Army reservist who held seven undocumented immigrants at gunpoint at a rural rest stop last month."

"U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton said he made the request after an initial review of the case found no federal laws that applied to the case."

"The Maricopa County Attorney's Office decided last week not to prosecute Sgt. Patrick Haab in the April 10 incident off Interstate 8 in Sentinel, about 60 miles north of the Mexican border." ...
 

IL: Couple say indicted cop planted gun
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"A South Side couple filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against an indicted Chicago police officer and the department, alleging he planted a gun in their apartment after breaking down their door during an unlawful search of their home last year, according to the complaint."

"The complaint alleges that Corey Flagg, an Englewood District tactical officer indicted in January with three other officers for extorting money from drug dealers, falsely arrested the plaintiff, David Sloan, on Dec. 15."

"The charges against Sloan and a co-defendant were dropped March 9, more than a month after Flagg, Broderick Jones and two other police officers were charged by U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald on Jan. 27." ...
 

WI: More police with greater power a recipe for disaster
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"Operation FALCON sounds like an episode of 'Super Friends,' but was actually the title of a week long dragnet, organized by Gonzales' Justice Department, carried out by state and local law enforcement agencies, which recently netted 10,000 fugitives nationwide. Here in Madison, the police have been making headlines in other ways-namely the Mifflin Street Block Party scheduling screw-up recently resolved. So, with friendly gendarmes making such headlines near and far, it might be interesting to consider a related phenomenon: the police presence, in terms of gross numbers and power, in the United States today."

"There weren't always so many cops. One hundred and twenty years ago, the only state with a ton of cops was Tsarist Russia. The U.S. had Pinkerton guards, but no federal cops ..." ...
 

CA: Friends say Oakland police denied aid to shooting victim
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"The 19-year-old African-American shooting victim in a sideshow-vicinity East Oakland robbery attempt last weekend has charged that Oakland police officers failed to search for him while he lay bleeding from two gunshot wounds and hiding from his attackers, and prevented friends from searching for him as well."

"The friends eventually found the victim and drove him to Children’s Hospital in their own car ..."

"According to the friends, Oakland police threatened to have their car towed if they did not vacate the area, one of them telling the friends, 'I don’t care; you shouldn’t have been at a sideshow' when they told the police that they were searching for someone who had been shot." ...
 

FL: Petitioners want Oak Hill police chief removed
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"A petition calling for the termination or resignation of Police Chief Walter Zalisko is circulating around the city."

"The document, which no one wants to take credit for authoring, is being presented by supporters of suspended Oak Hill police Sgt. Dee Williams."

"It claims the chief should be removed from office because he has no knowledge of Florida law, no interest in the community, has displayed public dishonesty, and falsified reports. The petition also alleges unspecified corruption and defiance of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for his support of a ban of a pistol that is capable of firing bullets which can penetrate police body armor." ...
 

CA: Man's 'weapons' were gun replica, wrapped-up magazine, officials say
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"The 'weapons' that nearly led to a deadly confrontation with deputies Tuesday turned out to be a nonworking replica of an AK-47 assault rifle and a magazine rolled up in cellophane, a sheriff's spokesman said yesterday."

"Deputies fired two bullets at James Harris, 30, after he confronted deputies outside a ... No one was hit, and Harris was arrested moments later."

"They fired after Harris refused to obey their commands and approached them holding a 'shiny, cylindrical object' they thought might be a weapon, Sheriff's Capt. Glen Revell said."

"The incident began after witnesses reported seeing someone driving along Camino Patricia in a Jeep Cherokee, aiming what appeared to be a gun at passers-by." ...
 

IN: Indiana DA has vintage tommy gun for sale
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"It was the weapon of choice for fedora-wearing, Duesenberg-driving mafia bootleggers from the days of prohibition."

"But Indiana County Sheriff Robert E. Fyock says his deputies have little need of the vintage Colt Model 1921 AC Thompson submachine gun that has been in their arsenal as long as anyone can remember." ...

"'It's not doing my department any good,' Fyock says."

"For one thing, nobody is trained to use it. And the sheriff says he sees no real need for it."

"'It's a liability for our department.'"

"So instead of allowing it to continue to collect dust, the department will sell it to the highest bidder, using the proceeds to pay for deputies' training." ...
 

CA: Youth mobilize against a neighborhood menace—handguns
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"At night, outside the Milton Meyer Recreation Center in San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point neighborhood, a 17-year-old stands under dim fluorescent lights. His eyes dart back and forth as he surveys the teens who shout greetings to one another on the street, which has been the site of clashes between rival gangs. Last March, a man was killed in front of Milton Meyer Gym."

"'Nowadays, a lot of people have guns, and they ain't really thinking about it,' says the Black teenager, whose tiny diamond earring glints in the light each time he turns his head. 'There ain't really nothing restricting it, unless the police and everybody cracked down.'" ...
 

AZ: Minutemen find border security vital vs. terrorism
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"For obvious reason her name will go unreported, the lady who, like her father, stopped her all-terrain vehicle Friday afternoon at Station 12 of the Minuteman Project's Naco Line on Border Road."

"'My husband and I would like to join the Minuteman, but we live just a mile from the border and we fear retaliation,' the lady said."

"'If the Mexican gang based in Agua Prieta, across the border from Douglas, Ariz., found out that we were involved, no telling what they'd do. They've been known to kill people, cut their bodies into pieces, and mail the pieces back to the victims' families.'"

"And . . ."

"'That gang, MS 13, is working with Al Queda to help terrorists get into our country.'" ...
 

MI: Couple hopes camp will teach youngsters skills of the outdoors
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"A local couple are opening an unusual summer camp for kids in mid-June just north of Alpena."

"Dave Boilore, 35, and his wife, Missy, 33, both certified teachers, say their Lincoln Bay Outdoor Skills Camp will offer a week of instructions in hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor skills to boys and girls." ...

"For instance, Boilore said, he and his wife will be offering expert instruction in .22-caliber rifle shooting, 3-D archery shooting, game tracking, panfishing, fly-fishing basics, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, camping, backpacking, hiking, campfire cooking, map reading, compass work and operating a Global Positioning System unit." ...
 

GA: NRA Offers Firearms Training For Women Saturday
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The National Rifle Association Women on Target program will be in Brunswick Saturday at the coastal Georgia Gun Club off Green Swamp Road.

Organizers said the program teaches the safe handling of firearms to help participants learn the fundamentals of shooting "in a relaxing and fun-filled environment."

Participation is $5 and includes firearms, ammunition and eye/ear protection.
 

CO: USA Shooting to Host World Cup at Fort Benning
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"The ISSF World Cup USA, held May 7-15, 2005, will bring more than 50 countries and 450 athletes and officials to Fort Benning, Ga. to contest the international pistol and rifle disciplines in the second World Cup of the new quadrennium."

"The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), located on Fort Benning, will hold the competition, while USA Shooting, the National Governing Body for the Olympic Shooting Sports in the United States, will conduct this event as the official sponsor and host." ...
 

UK: A Threat to Freedom of Speech in England
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... "Edward Luty (my 75 year old father) who is suffering from cancer, was arrested at his home and 'dragged' to the police station in handcuffs. His home was ransacked and searched. He was charged with 'Conspiracy to manufacture firearms'. After a period of two to three hours in a cell, the police realised how ill he was and released him. His home now resembled a bombsite due to the mess created by a heavy handed police search team. He was left with nowhere to sleep."

"His crime??... to be related to the author of thehomegunsmith.com website." ...
 

Fiji: Fiji police defend gun purchase
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The Fiji Police Force has defended a recent purchase of guns, saying it has boosted its ability to respond to threats of terrorism.

Fijilive reports, the Force recently bought 100 semi-automatic 'Glock' pistols from Austria, at a cost of 60-thousand U-S dollars, for its elite Tactical Response Team.

Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes says the guns will be used in high-risk situations to protect the public, including from possible terrorist attacks.

He says the guns are similar to ones in use by police forces in many countries, including Australia.

The weapons purchase comes after a non-government organisation, the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre, said the open display of guns by police and military sent the public the wrong message.
 

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